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Monday, October 15, 2018

How to create a fall capsule wardrobe.

Do you have an overflowing closet but never know what to wear? We know, it's a problem many of us face. What if we told you there was a way to minimize the morning fuss when getting ready, and actually enjoy wearing the clothes you own? THIS IS A THING. It's called a capsule wardrobe. It's based around the idea of owning less clothes, but actually wearing the ones you have. This can only happen if (1) you love the items and (2) they're versatile. Finding pieces that can mix and match, and work for a variety of occasions is key. And here's the best part, you probably have some hidden treasures in your closet that meet these requirements, you just don't know how to use them yet. But don't fear, we're about to walk you through a fall wardrobe capsule step by step so you'll know what to look for. Here we go!

Step 1: Choose 1-2 basic tees in neutral colors that you feel good in. These are perfect for when the weather isn't too chilly, and when you need to layer! 




Step 2: Choose 1-2 basic long sleeves for colder days that will go with everything. Stripes are great because they add style while staying somewhat neutral. These should be easy to layer with any jacket or sweater! 




Step 3: Time to have some fun. It's sweater weather!! Choose 1-2 that are cute, comfy, and cozy. Fall essentials. 




Step 4: Choose 1-2 sweaters that don't need to be paired with a tee, but could also be layered under a jacket. 



Step 5: Speaking of, find a jacket that will keep you extra warm when temperatures drop.


Step 6: Choose 1-2 special pieces that are a little more unique. Keep them in the color scheme, though, so they can also be layered. 


Step 7: Everyone needs at least one fall flannel. 


Step 8: Find a dress that's fitting for fall (longer, has sleeves) that can also be worn with a jacket or sweater. 


Okay, so if you follow this formula, you'll end up with 8-13 pieces that ALL MATCH. Add a couple good pairs of jeans and leggings and the outfit possibilities are ENDLESS. Remember, you probably have most, if not all, of these pieces in your closet already! But don't think we forgot about shoes and accessories...

Fall = boots/booties AND WE ARE HERE FOR IT. 




Find a purse that will go with any outfit. We recommend these Mighty Purse collections. Not only are they beautiful, they all feature hidden built-in (but removable) batteries that can recharge your smartphone on the go!

The following three are reversible and made out of vegan leather.




These two can be used as a clutch or worn across the body. 



Traveling light? They even have wristlets! 

We are currently carrying all of these Mighty Purses at our store, so if you're in the Cedar Creek Lake area, come check them out in person!

Speaking of lake, if you're a lake person, we have a few more capsule additions for you! 




 These are all available on our website: LakehouseOutfitters.com

The fall capsule wardrobe examples (minus the shoes and accessories) are all from Carly Jean Los Angeles - an apparel company that promotes the capsule concept. We weren't paid to feature their products, we just love them!

We hope you are now inspired to simplify your closet and wear clothes you love!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

How to turn your bathroom into your own personal spa.

There's something so inviting about a spa – it's a calm, tranquil getaway that allows you to leave your troubles at the door for an hour of relaxation. But wouldn't it be so much better if paradise was just footsteps away from your bedroom? News flash: You don't need to book an appointment at the sauna to receive spa treatment. Just turn your bathroom into your own personal station for relaxation.
It's simple. All it takes is some creativity and a few design tips from a Decorating Den Interiors personal decorator. Here are five ways to create the serene bathroom of your dreams:
1. Revamp your hardware
When was the last time your bathroom received a facelift from the floor to the ceiling? Now is the perfect time to take advantage of a revamp. You can achieve a spa-inspired bathroom with a clear, frameless shower, free standing bathtub and a sink with a waterfall faucet.

2.  Accent with textures inspired by nature
Staying on the subject of remodeling your bathroom, Houzz suggested accenting the space with textures inspired by nature. Sleek, wooden countertops and stone tile flooring can turn your washroom into the tranquil environment you deserve.

3. Take advantage of natural lighting
If your bathroom allows it, take advantage of all the natural lighting you can get. But if the room's location – or lack of windows – doesn't make this an option, simply invest in overhead lighting that gives off the same effect. A personal decorator can help narrow down a variety of lighting fixtures until you find the one that best fits the aesthetic of your dreams.



4. Accessorize with white
White walls, towels and other bathroom accessories are key features in a spa. The simplicity gives off the serene, crisp vibe rather the noisy, chaotic distraction bright colors might exude.



5.  Light some candles
Besides natural and artificial lighting, you'll want an option that lets you really tone things down after a long day. For those instances, HGTV suggested placing small jar and tin candles throughout the bathroom. You can decorate the counters and strategically set them near the tub. But don't just choose any candles – find a scent that soothes you.


6. Treat yourself with spa-like amenities 
Last but not least, don't forget to treat yourself – after all, this is your home spa. Place a vase of blooming flowers on the counter, along with a pitcher of cucumber water and lavender lotions to tantalize all the senses. 


Remember: giving your bathroom the spa treatment is totally achievable! Don't hesitate to reach out for more information! I will visit your home for a free in-home consultation and help you construct the perfect design plans for the bathroom of your dreams!
Take care,
Cindy Batten
(214) 766-8868
cbatten@decoratingden.com

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Minimalism or Maximalism?

What's your style?
Decorating your home is a simple yet bold way to showcase your personality, style and taste to family and friends. But this isn’t easy for everyone: If you don’t have a knack for design, you might find it difficult to arrange furniture, paint the walls, hang decor and place accessories precisely to ensure the space becomes stylish without cramping on comfort and cohesion.

If you find yourself believing that less is more, you may consider a minimalist design approach. On the other hand, if it’s harder for you to set boundaries when it comes to decor, maximalism might be the route for you.

Not sure if you have a preference yet? Don’t worry. Let’s dive deeper into the differences between minimalism and maximalism so you have a better idea of how you want to decorate your home:
Minimalism

Think of minimalism as an “only the essentials” take on home decor. You’re not interested in cluttering a room with as many pieces of furniture, decorations and accessories you can fit. Instead, you want to keep things simple, serene and refreshing. A two-toned color scheme will please you, followed by a sofa, coffee table, area rug and accent wall art. You’re less interested in showcasing your possessions, rather you want to highlight a few, prominent statement pieces. 

Architect Lucien Rees Roberts told Architectural Digest that minimalism design maximizes comfort.

“Minimalism allows beautiful objects to be seen in their most sculptural and pure form whether they are modern or antique. What is essential, though, is that a space be comfortable and warm – a chair should have a lamp nearby for good light for reading, and sitting areas should be conducive to good conversation.”

Minimalism is all about simplicity. If “less is more” is your mantra, this is likely the style for you.
Maximalism
On the opposite side of the spectrum, maximalism has no rules. It’s about making use of different colors, patterns and textures in design, and utilizing bold fabrics, statement furniture and accessories, but in a way that forms a cohesive connection, not a disorderly headache. Take advantage of the opportunity to juxtapose materials and styles, because maximalism doesn’t expect you to match. Remember: With a maximalist design scheme, there are no rules. Think of it as organized chaos.

Architect Kelly Wearstler told Architectural Digest that maximalism is an opportunity to design with no boundaries.

“There is a joy in designing a space without limitations and restrictions, where excess is encouraged and unlikely pairings create beautiful and unexpected harmonies.”

Maximalism celebrates expressive taste. If “more is more” fits your personality, this might be the route to take.





Can’t decide? Call Cindy at Decorating Den Interiors!

If the idea of less is more is appealing to you, yet you’d love to play around with different tones, textures and accessories, call Cindy from Decorating Den Interiors. She will come to your home for a free consultation to assess your space and discuss your ideas. At the end of the day, it’s your home, so a design consultant is going to find a way to meet you in the middle and develop a plan that transforms your dreams into a reality.


So whether you’ve fallen in love with the simplicity of minimalism, can’t wait to show off your maximalist style or still need guidance between the two, contact a Decorating Den Interiors personal decorator today. It’s time to turn your home into the personal sanctuary you always wanted.
Cindy Batten
(214) 766-8868
cbatten@decoratingden.com